LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell wrestling team won seven of 10 bouts, including the final five in a row, to dispatch Harvard, 21-10, on Friday night at Davis Gym.
All but one bout was decided by decision, and two required bonus time to crown a victor. With his 5-3 decision over Cliffton Wang at 197, birthday boy Chad Reese ultimately sealed the win for the Bison.
"It was a great match," head coach Dan Wirnsberger said. "I think we won the fight tonight, and it says a lot about our guys, our effort and our team."
David Campbell (133) gave Bucknell (2-8, 1-2 EIWA) early momentum by defeating Samuel Goldman, 3-1, in the first sudden victory period. Fifteen seconds into the bonus frame, the freshman tied up Goldman and brought him to the mat to bring the Davis Gym crowd to its feet.
Tyler Smith (141) remained unbeaten in dual meet action, at 9-0, by scoring a commanding 8-2 victory over A.J. Jaffe. Smith, who was slotted 14th in the most recent Intermat rankings, was bolstered by a four-point near fall registered as time expired in the second period.
The Crimson (2-1, 0-1 EIWA) regrouped, pulling out victories at 149 and 157 to build a 10-6 lead. D.J. Hollingshead (165) drew Bucknell within one by defeating Tyler Tarsi, 9-6, in a back-and-forth match featuring multiple momentum swings and timeouts. With 20 seconds remaining on the clock, Hollingshead scored a takedown to build what proved to be a decisive 7-5 advantage.
Like Campbell, Nick Stephani (174) needed extra time to secure three points for the Bison. Stephani ultimately defeated Josef Johnson, 2-1, in the tiebreaker; after escaping in the first period, he rode out Johnson in the second to put Bucknell back on top for good.
Drew Phipps (184) then pulled out a hard-fought 6-5 victory over Kanon Dean. With less than 30 seconds remaining in the third period, Phipps scored a takedown to break a 4-4 deadlock; though he ceded an escape, he managed to hold off Dean the rest of the way to preserve his one-point edge.
Phipp's victory gave Reese the chance to seal the win for the Bison before the heavyweights took the mat. And Reese, who was wrestling for the first time since November, delivered. With no time left on the clock in the second period, the senior turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead with a takedown; then, after ceding an escape to open the third period, he clinched his win with a takedown at the 1:05 mark.
Brandon Stokes put an exclamation mark on the night by downing Angus Cowell, 4-1. The sophomore, who started the year at 174 pounds, has now won three of his past four bouts at heavyweight.
The Bison return to the Davis Gym mat tomorrow, squaring off against Brown at 6 p.m.
125: Nolan Hellickson (Harvard) dec. over Geo Barzona (BU) 6-0
133: David Campbell (BU) dec. over Samuel Goldman (Harvard) 3-1 (SV-1)
141: #14/12/14 Tyler Smith (BU) dec. over A.J. Jaffe (Harvard) 8-2
149: Hunter Ladnier (Harvard) maj. dec. over Matthew Kolonia (BU) 12-3
157: Brock Wilson (Harvard) dec. over Andrew Millsap (BU) 3-0
165: D.J. Hollingshead (BU) dec. over Tyler Tarsi (Harvard) 9-6
174: Nick Stephani (BU) dec. over Josef Johnson (Harvard) 2-1 (TB-1)
184: Drew Phipps (BU) dec. over Kanon Dean (Harvard) 6-5
197: Chad Reese (BU) dec. over Cliffton Wang (Harvard) 5-3
285: Brandon Stokes (BU) dec. over Angus Cowell (Harvard) 4-1
Note: Rankings are Intermat/The Open Mat/FloWrestling